Whenever I’m having a crisis of belief in myself (and trust me, that happens a lot), I go back and read through Sue Bryce’s blog.
I discovered Sue about 3-4 years ago, right about the time everybody else did. She burst into the glam/boudoir photography world with a BANG, a goddamn black-eyed phenomenon from “Down Under” with the cutest accent, who became an over night success in the United States.
Of course she’d been working her ass off for twenty years in Australia … so much for overnight successes.
But if I ever had a hero, and idol, she’s it and she’s what keeps me going when I want to quit. I got back and start going through some of her earliest blog entries, before she moved to the states and I find myself being inspired again.
While I love her style, I know I’ll never produce the kind of work she does – and truthfully I don’t want to. I don’t want to “Brycify” my work. That’s HER, it’s not ME. But her drive, her gumption, her force of will – that’s what keeps me going.
Things are tough right now, I’m not gonna lie; anyone who knows me knows I don’t sugar-coat a lot. I make a lot of jokes, but the truth is always there just under the surface.
I’m going into my fourth year of business and I’m finally seeing a change – in myself, in my work, in how potential clients see me. It’s encouraging, but of course, it’s not happening fast enough. I want it all right now. Because we never know what tomorrow is going to bring.
But I feel it there, I feel like this year is gonna be my year. It’s right there and I can touch it.
I haven’t done much since returning from New Orleans – I hadn’t realized how much I missed it and I was in a slump when I got back.
Then there was Christmas and it was wonderful.
I’ve been studying marketing and thinking of different things that I can offer as a boudoir/glamour photographer in the Green Bay area … something to make me stand out and get women interested in having their portrait taken. I’ve got some great ideas.
I was watching one of the entertainment shows and they had interviewed Debbie Reynolds back in the ’90’s, asking how she kept going. I’m paraphrasing here, but she said, “I just got up and kept going. I wanted to lay down and hide and sometimes I did for a day or two, but then I got up and kept going.”
Kinda rambling, I told you, lol.
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]anting something is one thing. Taking action towards it is a different story. Keep gratitude in your mind always. Do one thing everyday to support your Want/Goals list and lastly applied faith. Know you are worth the life you dream of and let it happen. Get out of your own way. Strive for what you really want. When you write down what you want and set it in your mind your blocks will come up fast and they will be very obvious that’s what you embrace and fix as soon as you can.
No one outside the photography industry knows who Sue Bryce is, but I do and I guess that’s all that matters. Every words she writes speaks to me, every photo she takes sings to me. If Jen is the person who got me started, Sue is the person who keeps me going. When I feel like no one is in my corner, when no one understands how much my goals and dreams mean to me, I go back and start re-reading her blog, I watch her videos AGAIN and I get off my ass and I go.
So I keep pushing, keep doing all I know how to do, all I’ve learned
I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes ’til I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget all the ones that I love
I’ll take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change